Therapy is an investment. For some, it’s a financial investment, while for others it can be purely emotional. Either way, anyone who decides to invest in therapy wants to get the most out of the experience.
Get the most out of therapy
This article in Huffington Post, reports that the best way to get the most out of therapy is through forging an authentic relationship with your therapist.
Even if you choose the best therapist, and he or she is the perfect fit, if you are not completely authentic with your therapist, you may not achieve the results you desire.
Keep in mind these three main ideas, and your therapy can lead you to new insight and healing.
1. Be direct with your therapist
It’s no use beating around the bush with your therapist. If you are upset, hurt, or feel misunderstood etc… tell your therapist. Together you will work through the disappointment and frustration, leading to a more real relationship between the two of you. On the simplest level, being direct enables your therapist to help you.
Besides that, the more direct you are, the more you will also learn about yourself. You may start to gain new insight into what pushes your buttons and how you may have contributed to the frustration or misunderstanding.
2. Use your imagination
Another great way to discover aspects of your personality is by imagining what your therapist might be thinking of you. Talking about these thoughts may help you become more aware of the assumptions you make about other people.
What happens between the two of you could be repetitions of patterns that developed with your family when you were young. These reenactments can then be remembered and reworked with a different outcome.
3. Allow your therapist to be important to you
Besides being direct, you must be emotionally open with your therapist. While it definitely takes time to build trust, safety, and comfort, the relationship between client and therapist should be taken seriously. This will allow for deep healing to occur.
Your experience with your therapist—their understanding, caring, acceptance and empathy—ideally heals old wounds and open the way for a less constricted way of living. But this takes more than showing up. It takes opening up.
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